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yesterday at the deadline but that deal to avoid the fiscal cliff on new year's if democrats and republicans can't compromise, tax hikes will kick in, the tax policy center said families making $50,000 a year will have to pay $2,400 more in taxes. >>> the excon who lured firefighters to their deaths left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> we are being shot at. multiple fireman down, i'm shot. >> that was a call that a wounded firefighter made, william spangler burned his home yesterday and waited for first responders. he was armed a gun, a shot gun and a rifle. he opened fire when crews arrived. arrived. two firefighters were killed. >> just always there for you. you just take them for granted. you don't -- >> two more wounded are still in the hospital on this christmas day. spangler took his own life. his rifle is the same make and caliber weapon used by the newtown shooter. >>> families in connecticut are trying to find solace on this christmas day. the town is still reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at
but with just five days to the new year is averting the fiscal cliff even possible? why not. stranger things have happened. peter barnes with the latest. peter? >> that's right. everyone looking for senate democrat harry reid and president come up with plan-c to make the next move in the standoff. they were discussing next steps to avert a the cliff on monday on christmas eve but no updates on those discussions from the white house today. a spokesperson for senate majority leader harry reid says quote, nothing to report. no conversations with republicans yet. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell who can filibuster anything reid proposes, his spokesperson saying quote, no outreach from any dems. we're waiting on senate dems. so, if nothing is done, that means on january 1st, the nation faces about a five trillion dollar tax increase over 10 years through the expiration of the bush tax cuts and assuming congress does not approve its annual patch for the alternative minimum tax and that medicare doc fix that prevents deep cuts in medicare payments. now the lapse of the tax cuts would mean t
the so-called fiscal cliff. nate silver in "the new york times" and putting up a quote here, this is just an excerpt. most members of the house now come from hyper partisan districts with no threat of losing to the other party. vice president of the heritage foundation telling the national journal, quote, when everybody goes back home, i don't think they're feeling the heat from their constituents for failing to reach an agreement. if anything, hearing the opposite. this is vice president of the heritage foundation. is there an incentive for house republicans to compromise or senate republicans? is there an incentive for the gop? >> no political incentive for this and now seeing it. there's a lot of hype and seeing the end game here and if you're not angry, you are not paying attention. i spoke to a senator saying there could be a small deal. mr. shear is shorting to the similar thing and the bottom line is this was built on a threat for the debt ceiling 514 days ago and the idea was we're going to have automatic cuts that hurt americans so much we'll have to cut a deal. they said that op
the fiscal cliff. happy new year. here's what you might have missed. president obama left hawaii early to get back to washington today. the senate is also coming back from christmas vacation today to work on a deal. now, sources tell us majority leader harry reid will push a scaled-back version of the fiscal cliff package that president obama laid out on friday, which moved the tax hike needle to $400,000. no word yet on when the house of representatives might come back, but democrats say the only hope we have of something getting through the house, the senate and the white house may be a very last-minute deal. cnn radio's lisa is following developments on capitol hill right now. the ball is in senate majority leader harry reid's court it would seem right now, lisa. >> that's right. harry reid and the senate seem to be the only game in town right now with the senate returning today. we also know from sources, ali, that over this christmas break there were no conversations between the president and top-level republicans. sources from both parties are telling us they are watching the senate, es
in hopes of a last minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. 11 news saturday morning starts right now. >> good morning and welcome to 11 news saturday morning. i'm jennifer franciotti. lisa has the weekend off. >> i'm barry sims. third time's a charm this week with the winter weather. a snowy day is on tap for us. let's get right to lou mowser to tell us all about it. >> some folks were expecting to see some snow when they woke up this morning. >> we were expecting it. >> some areas are seeing flurries right now. most are not. i think this is going to start a little bit later on them than what we anticipated. starting to show up on radar. let's show hd doppler right now. currently, the areas that you see in darker blue, that's where snow is falling. but, the whiter areas that's snow is coming down, but it's not hitting the ground. when you can see areas south of the dc area around annapolis. we're seeing a rain/snow mix that is starting to fall there. what's interesting is you see this area, this open area start to hagers town and comes down around winchester. that area is moving in h
fisher from capitol hill. stay with 9news for the latest on efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff. we'll have have updates on our website, wusa9.com, and on 9 news tonight at 7:00 and 11:00. >>> we have breaking news in prince william county where a police officer has died in the line of duty. debra alfarone joins us live from the scene with details. >> reporter: matt, when you take a look behind me you will see exactly how fiery this crash must have been. take a look. you can see the car right there. that's on that lift. that's the car that hit that police officer, and certainly looking at that you can see this thing must have gone up in flames. there was no chance. officer chris young from prince william county was on his motorcycle on his way to at crash. he was right in this area, right on va 28, andy was driving southbound when a minivan was driving, and police officers say that the minivan crossed in front of that officer, attempting to enter the target parking lot, causing the crash which then, of course, took the officer's life. no one was hurt -- else was hurt. this happened around 2
number. comfort individualized. >> our coverage of the fiscal cliff continues moments away. other news making headlines and breaking at this hour. we've learned about five people killed in a charter bus crash on an icy interstate in oregon. these weather systems are something that we have been watching tonight. state police are telling us that 20 others were injured when the vehicle crashed through a guardrail and traveled down an embankment. some of the injured taken to local hospitals while others were treated there and there will be an investigation and we'll bring you pictures as they come into the news room as well. new developments regarding a fatal plane crash in russia. new video surfacing of the airliner as it careened off the runway and on to a highway in moscow yesterday. the impact sending debris flying into oncoming traffic, including a tire that slammed into a car. no passengers were on board at the time only crew members and the death toll risen to five after a flight attendant. the remaining three survivors listed in mythical or serious condition. hospitalized tonight.
to go until we go off that cliff, the fiscal cliff. new today one key congressman is giving us a sober status report of where things are. >> i think there is a sense of urgency, t.j., just because of where we are. we're right at the deadline. as a matter of fact, it looks like we will be here on new year's eve and possibly new year's day. they've already alerted us, members of the house, to look at the possible way of doing that. >> at this hour, senate leaders are scrambling to piece together a last-minute deal to avoid middle class tax hikes and possibly delay steep spending cuts. both sides weighing inned to. >> congress can prevent it from happening if they act now. leaders in congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, i believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> republicans hope to work across the aisle to solve these and other critical challenges facing america in the new year. divided government is a good time to solve hard problems. and in the next few days leaders in washington have an important responsib
they may well just go over the fiscal cliff and deal with it in january after the new congress is sworn in. leaving his family behind to continue their vacation without him, president obama boarded air force one early this morning and headed for washington to deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to take the lead in getting the job done. the senate convenes later today and senate majority leader harry reid told members to be prepared to address fiscal cliff issues through the weekend. reid is working on his own plan to get lawmakers to come together before the end of the year deadline. that plan would likely include letting the bush tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year and short term spending cuts instead of the massive long-term cuts that would happen if there is no deal. after our wednesday conference call, house republican leaders issued a statement saying they were waiti
over the fiscal cliff. happy new year. here's what you might have missed. president barack obama has left hawaii. he left last night, arriving in d.c. early this morning. the senate is also coming back from its christmas vacation to work on a deal today. sources tell us majority leader harry reid will be pushing a scaled back version of the fiscal cliff package that president obama laid out last week. it moved the tax hike needle to $400,000 per household. no word yet on when the house might come back with time ticking away. democrats are hoping that a scaled back plan could get through the house, senate and white house before that big ball drops on 2013. that would be sometime on december 30th or even on new years eve. we want to bring in jonathan allen. he's a senior national correspondent for politico. the top headline on politico is fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely. i think a lot of people are feeling that pessimism right now. what are you hearing? >> well, i think what you've got here, alena, is a nash equilibrium to borrow from economic theory and game theory. each of th
for the top of the news of this special edition. no senate vote on the fiscal cliff tonight. that just from majority leader harry reid. they cannot agree. cannot agree on a counter offer at this point from the democrats. after a day of last minute negotiations to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect the day after tomorrow. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel very busy tonight. it's almost coming apart. >> that's right. there's a lot of dis agreement on both sides. republicans say they would like to see any tax revenue that comes out of a fiscal cliff deal used to pay down our trillion dollars deficits. retiring republican senator from arizona, jon kyl, said the democrats want to spend $600 billion and he believes the new tax revenue will be about the same am. to he says not solving anything. for from senator to an today. >> raising taxes to pay for new spending is not something republicans believe this debate ought to be about. it ought to be about reducing the deficit and debt. they're suggesting we want new taxes, higher taxes on people in this country to pay
: just four days to the new year and potentially the fiscal cliff so far little to know progress reported in making a deal to avert across the board tax hikes for 90% of the american households. it's been 10 days since the president and the speaker held any substantial face-to-face meetings. is time up or is it still possible for both sides to reach a last minute deal? let's put the question to byron york of the "washington examiner". too late or, gosh, maybe this is so easy you can wait until the last minute? >> i guess it depends whether you believe in miracles, gregg. gregg: i don't. >> the only thing that is really happening is the days are ticking by. i think what we've got is, you go first situation here. remember, after the so-called plan b failed in the house, john boehner, speaker of the house said, look, it's up to the senate. we'll not do anything more. we already passed a bill a while back that would extend bush tax cuts for everybody. it is up to the senate to do something. you have senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, the republican saying it is up to the democrats to do
, everyone goes oh, this is why the fiscal cliff was important. >>> in other news this morning, retail analysts blame worries of that fiscal cliff and other issues for a slump in holiday shopping. sales fell more than 4% during the second week of december. but overall sales should be up 2.5%. online sales are up more than 8% through saturday to an estimated $48 billion. you done with your shopping? >> i got most of it done. my husband is going to have to finish it off for the rest of the family because i don't have anymore time. >> perfect excuse. >> and he's happy to do it. mother nature is getting into the holiday spirit with christmas lights of her own. listen to this, jupiter and the moon will be in conjunction tomorrow evening, but they're already close together in the sky. and bright enough to be visible around the world, even in big cities. >> and with a home telescope you'll be able to see the storms on jupiter and the four largest moons, as well as the mountains and the craters there on the moon. even with the naked eye, believe it or not, you'll still be able to check out thi
and counting before we fall off the so-called fiscal cliff and while there's no deal, more news out of washington and our very own john harwood is there. >> reporter: mandy, we've got a letter from the republican leadership to the president and to the democrats in the senate saying that the house has acted, they passed legislation last year to extend all the tax cuts and to shift the scheduled sequester cuts from defense to domestic programs, but, of course, in urging the senate to act saying, well, we've acted, now it's your turn, we're simply not going to see the democrats take them up on that because president obama since that letter has won the election and now we're looking at the possibility of a mini deal that would get enacted before january 1st but so far all we've heard are the sounds of silence in the negotiations. a senior white house official told me today when i asked was there any holiday season progress, back channel progress over the past couple of days, got a one-word reply, no. second, the democratic senate leadership says there's a 50/50 chance that we'd get a de
to try to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff. where do we stand with six days to go? that's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." first from fox at 3:00, winter weather threatening to cause travel problems for people getting home after the holidays. some states dealing with snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes. check out this twister that touched down in mobile, alabama last night. >> oh my god, look. that's a tornado. oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> nearly three dozen reported tornadoes trashing texas, louisiana, mississippi and alabama. according to the national weather service, new tornado warnings are in effect for the carolinas at the same time a winter weather system cut power to nearly 200,000 homes and businesses in the south. >> our electricity went out at our house and we're trying to get our generator started. we came to get gas for the generator. >> "the associated press" reports the storm has killed six people across the nation's midsection and moving north and east toward new england set to bring snow, sleet and thunderstorms during t
to the firestorm in the nation's capital and the last-ditch effort to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. the deadline is looming new year's day. here's brian mooar with the big story this morning. >> as senate leaders were behind closed doors, president obama and republicans issued dueling messages on the web. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing. but keeping it that way means that folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff next tuesday, each side blames the other. >> we can avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the president and democrat controlled senate step forward this week and work with republicans to solve this problem and solve it now. >> all over the country now, uncertainty is in the air. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but will it deplete my savings. problem and solve it now. >> all over the country now, uncertainty is in the air. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but will it deplete my savings. >> even if the
that the bay bridge. >> 2013 will usher in some new laws. >> lawmakers returning today to tackle the fiscal cliff are being faced with another deadline. >> sprinkles overnight are moving off to the east but t >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am sarah caldwell. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> the wind is increasing behind the storm. all the melting snow has the roads completely wet. imagine if we were at the freezing mark. we are lucky the temperatures are above freezing. we are close to the freezing mark at sykesville. downtown, 41. we expect the temperatures to hold steady throughout the day. >> that is good news. we noticed more traffic this morning. >> today and tomorrow and next week is new year's. wind warnings are in effect at the bay bridge. prepare for a little bit of extra time. 55 on 295. the entire beltway is up to speed. southbound traffic is a little heavier down towards the capital beltway. 65 on the harrisburg expressway. 48 o
's resolution? will a last-minute fiscal cliff deal get done? and if it does what will it look like. >>> we have a deal. we may still get hit with an automatic tax hike. how much will that cost you? in time for the new year, a new snowstorm headed to the northeast. we'll let you know how bad this will get. and the yore in review, up with of the most unique and appalling takes on the year in review. good morning to you all. welcome to weekends with alex witt. no alex today. taking a much deserved weekend off. i'm t.j. holmes, good to be with you. new this morning, president obama outlining his course of action if we all go off the cliff. >> if an agreement isn't reached on time, then i'll urge the senate to hold an up-or-down vote on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance for americans looking for a job and lays the ground work for more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> the president is optimistic that a deal can be reached midnight on new year's eve. listen to senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> we had a good me
." 3, 2, 1... [ giggling ] >>> when the clock strikes midnight on new year's eve, fiscal cliff or not there will be some unprecedented confusing tax changes that will affect nearly everyone's pocketbook. so here to help you get your financial life in shape for 2013 we deev sided to turn to the woman i've been turning to my whole life my mom. she's the financial columnist for the "chicago tribune" and author of "saving like a paper." this is a treat. >> thanks for having me. >> how much does the fiscal cliff impact what we're saving on taxes? >> well for middle income people, the tax increase is going to be about $2,200 and for higher income people that's the part that's been talked about a lot, people with $200,000 in income or $250,000 per couple. they're going to get hit. then there's also going to be increases in the dividends that you pay, the dividend income that you get. there's going to be increases in capital gains taxes. >> mom, when it comes to budgeting for the future you've always taught me to put money aside in my 401(k). it was the thing yo
fiscal cliff and what appears to be a new sense of optimism about finding a path around it. there isn't much time. just three days for the president and congressional republicans to find common ground on taxes and spending. for the latest let's go to chief correspondent at the white house major garrett. good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. president obama met with the four top leaders yesterday. he met for just over an hour. now, earlier in the fiscal cliff talks, meetings like this had tended to be tense and nonproductive but this meeting gave rise to hopes of a last-minute deal. for the first time in weeks president obama reported genuine progress to averting some part of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> i'm modestly in agreement we'll achieve. >> they're now chasing a much smaller deal than originally sought. the final product if there is one will not include trillions in debt reduction or federal spending or tax code reform. it won't even include across the board spending cuts. it will focus on tax rates and a few spending items. >> that's the bearare minimum we
was 75 years old. harris: new information now on the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress and the president can not find a solution most americans will see thousands of additional dollars taken out of their paychecks next year and on top of that you will be paying even more at the grocery store. for example, no compromise means milk subsidies will end. and the cost for a gallon of milk could double. dominic di-natale has latest details from los angeles. so, dominic, has the fiscal cliff crisis gotten so bad that even the price of milk is being affected? >> reporter: certainly is, harris. can you imagine milk hitting six to eight bucks a gallon? we're heading toward that because a new farm bill stalled in congress. under a archaic 1947 law, unless the new bill is passed by december 31st, the government will be forced to buy vast quantities of milk at twice the wholesale rate. two bills are in congress. the senate passed one for $23 billion in savings. the house is looking to enact 35 billion. the sticking point the full house of representatives hasn't approved the bill. >>
as lawmakers continue to scramble to get a fiscal cliff deal done. rich edson has the latest. rich: they are considering legislation here in the senate today. president obama says he called to talk to congressional leaders, democrats and republicans, last evening. there is no progress here to report. president obama put it all on the house. >> they are operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass overwhelmingly speaking that 250 he is discussing that would keep tax rates where they are for income amount for less than $250,000 increased those earning more. house speaker says senator reed should talk less and legislate more. senate democrats have not. they want to extend all the current tax rates and avoid some of the spending cuts. democrats are on their opening offer. they basically have not moved anywhere. there is less than a week to go. >> senator reid talking about a less than $250,000 limit. speaking right. exactly. liz
between the lawmakers and president obama to try to avoid going over the fiscal cliff that comes on new year's day. but after a meeting at the white house, the president said he is hopeful. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. >> cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi joins us from new york with some very good insight. senate majority leader harry reid has said if they don't reach something by monday he'll bring forward a bill to help out the middle class for an up-and-down vote. >> right. >> put everybody on the record, but especially republicans. isn't that the tactic? >> exactly right. the step before that is harry reid is working on some bill that might get bipartisan support in the senate. president obama in that meeting apparently told them try and work something out. and reid left and ma
the onus to avoid the fiscal cliff is now on the senate. this is a new poll shows the american people are quickly losing faith that a deal will get struck. imagine that. there is some good economic news in the forecast for 2013, we'll have that for you, and some more good news, a silver lining in a battle against childhood obesity. that report ahead as well when harris faulkner and i see you at the top of the hour. "happening now." gregg: you're full of good news. jon: trying to be, you know. gregg: one good news story after another, jon scott. jon: you got people digging out of a blizzard today, you've got a fiscal cliff coming. we've got to have good news somewhere, gregg. gregg: we'll tune in for your good news. jon scott thank you very much. patti ann: back to the bad news a fierce winter storm leaving travelers stranded and causing a lot of trouble in the northeast after hitting other parts of the country ain't is still not over. the latest on the storm's path. >> people are still driving a little too fast for the conditions. >> you couldn't see the roads where they split up and
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% next year without the fiscal cliff, that would correlate with about 2 million net new jobs next year. so it's a continuation of a steady expansion. i wish it was a little faster expansion, but nonetheless it is an expansion. if we had a fiscal cliff, and we are reversing all the gains we have seen. host: what about mortgage deduction on a second home or vacation home or a certain limit to the size of a mortgage? would you be supportive of that? guest: we have to recognize that negotiating away from what has been a striking departure from just protecting the mortgage interest deduction, property ownership. any breach to that invites further breaches. our members, even though they recognize the deck is a need to be resolved, any breach will lead to further coming back, loring the income limit. -- lowering the income limit. we have to recognize many of the second homes are in places like michigan, wisconsin, arkansas, where people are looking for a weekend fishing lodge. very not the hamptons or expensive homes in beverly hills. many homes are scattered in the midwest. host: our first c
. the president said he is modestly optimistic about a fiscal cliff deal getting done before new year's eve. >> clayton: they all said the same thing. presidential meeting with the leaders yesterday. harry reid. >> juliet: vice president showed up. >> clayton: they must have been all on the same table hey whether we lee this table we will say modestly optimistic. listen to senator mitch mcconnell who may be the linchpin of this whole thing. he said i will take the ball and run with it in the senate. get a deal done. listen to the senator. >> we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. we will be working hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> charles krauthammer calling him a master negotiator. saying if it were left up to him he could solve the syrian civil war in a weekend. >> dave: he can get it done but there
in and day out on the financial news talking about the fiscal cliff, economists talk about the fiscal cliff and politicians talk about the fiscal cliff. we're wondering whether mom and pops at home talk about the fiscal cliff. is a lack of a budget deal actually spooking shoppers out on main street? >> it is. walmart told us 75% of their customers have cite that had they are worried about the fiscal cliff. mandy, you and i were on last week talking about the luxury retailers and we called out saks saying business pre-holiday was particularly weak. what are the people in the stores telling me all week, saying that this is the worst pre-christmas they had seen in over a decade, and part of that was because their consumers are worried about the fiscal cliff, so note to the government. it does matter. >> yeah, but that's, as you say, part of it. laura, what else is going on? it just felt like we were going into a lackluster season here. what happened? >> i mean, there's been some discussion about weather trends as well, but whether or not we go over the fiscal cliff, consumers think next year w
. new developments in the effort to avert the fiscal cliff. coming up the policy democrats are now floating as a possible solution that they fiercely opposed during the bush administration. gregg: and the latest on a nasty winter storm over the midwest that's now on a collision course with the east coast. >> there is a small town maybe ten miles from here, love lady, and it blew the roof off of a bank into another house, that is a couple of structures. as far as i know there was a guy, he had a house maybe a mile from here and it totally took it down. [ all ] 3, 2, 1... [ male announcer ] as the year counts down, your savings can add up with the adt new year's sale. help protect your family with the advanced technology of adt starting at just $99 -- a savings of $300 plus 15% off accessories. but you must call before midnight january 2nd. more than a security system, adt can help let your family in from the cold even when you're away from home. adjust your thermostat remotely to help save energy and money. turn on the lights, even see that everyone is safe and secure. and with adt,
: in the new year, i think they come to some resolution of the fiscal cliff. we are looking forward to another year like we had. 2% growth are a little less. the prospects this quarter were impaired by the cliff, and we expect that to go forward into the next quarter. host: the president coming into town tonight, and the congress tomorrow. realistically, what do you think will happen? guest: i do not think a lot will happen and i think we will go over the cliff. i am an economist, not a politician. i do not believe that the republicans will give the president merely a tax increase on people over $250,000. there are not able to push that through the house with some spending cuts. that does not seem to make much sense. host: peter will be here for 40 minutes taking your calls and tweets about the u.s. economy. we continue to take a look at economic matters. our guest recently wrote about the debt limit. the headline in "the boston globe" -- do you agree with that sentiment? guest: i would hope it would not threaten the economy again. it is all bound up in this issue of curbing government spendi
agree to it but it's all tied up in the fiscal cliff mess. tax filing season starts next week but the irs would put a hold on that for some. officials would wait for a deal in the new year instead of doing serious reprogramming to their tax system. filing would then be pushed back to march for millions. with refunds coming much later than usual. especially for those who plan on paying off credit card bills that often pile up after the holidays. now all of this could be avoided a deal before the deadline monday night but some long time lawmakers fear it won't happen, more on that when i see you next. live in washington. >> oil prices started edging up arch the president announced he would return from vacation early so he could work on fiscal cliff negotiations. crude oil sells for almost $91 a barrel up nearly two dollars a barrel. it's expected to increase as hope rises that a budget deal can be reached before the deadline and that could keep the economy growing while no agreement may put the united states back into recession. >> several states are under blizzard warning thi
is tracking the discussions on capitol hill concerning the fiscal cliff. we've broken our newsroom into four groups. one to monitor the potential impact on the local economy. a second to prepare you for what could happen to you and your family. a third will help you take action and the fourth will hold lawmakers accountable. you can get alerts sent straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 25543. >>> senator michael crapo of ied low has been arrested -- idaho has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was pulled over sunday morning for running a red light in virginia. he failed a field sobriety test. the senator issued a statement saying he was deeply sorry and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way. he's due in court january 4. >>> former president george h.w. bush may not be home in time for christmas. doctors at a houston hospital say the 41st president needs to build up his energy before he can be released. the 88-year-old bush was hospitalized november 23 for a bronchitis-related cough. >>> president obama was among t
, the new tax takes effect tomorrow and it's got nothing to do with the fiscal cliff. it has to do with obamacare. we'll tell what you it is inform could hurt. then don't know what to do with your christmas tree? here is an idea. ♪ >> clayton: welcome back. the government wishing the american people happy new year with a brand-new tax tomorrow. >> dave: regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, americans will be hit with a $1 trillion new tax bill thanks to obamacare. >> clayton: joining us now is texas congressman and vice chairman of the subcommittee on health, dr. michael burgess, who knows a thing or two about the health care system. congressman, nice to see you. happy new year, or not so happy for a lot of people. >> thanks. >> clayton: break this down. what kind of taxes are we talking about here that basically have nothing to do with the fiscal cliff, right? >> correct. these are baked into the cake and they're happening regardless of whatever happens with the house or senate today. there is five changes, major changes in tax policy that start on january 1 as
have breaking news from the white house where president obama is talking about the fiscal cliff after a meeting with congressional leaders. let's listen in. >> also ask lobbyist americans to pay a little more. above all, protect our middle class and everyone who is striving to get into the middle class. i want to still get this down. the right thing to do for our families, our businesses, and for our entire economy. but, the hour for immediate action is here. it's now. we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do. for the economy, would be -- it would be bad for middle-class families and for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i am optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can
that fiscal cliff, will there be a deal? also tonight, an abc news exclusive. barbara walters at the white house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america. the great christmas challenge. >> i know, i know your show. >> she knew, and so did thousands of others. tonight, the big reveal. the videos you sent in, the made in america gifts you put under the tree. and the ones that didn't fit. >> merry christmas, david! >> how you're creating joy and jobs this christmas. >>> and caught on tape. the adorable pet dog stolen, about to be sold. you won't believe what happened next and what we witnessed today. >>> good evening on this wednesday night. and we hope you had a merry christmas. diane has a few more nights with her family, and what a night to stay indoors. across much of this country tonight, a massive winter storm and already, the ripple effect being felt coast to coast. the monster storm system stretching from indiana to maine, all the way to north carolina. mor
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fiscal cliff. here is "the new york times" frontpage. the headline -- that is "the new york times" reporting. inside the paper, they say democratic leaders say they will move forward on legislation this week only a senator mitch mcconnell of kentucky, the republican leader, will assure them it will not be filibustered -- investors anticipate a turbulent week in the market of congress and the white house continued the standout. i also note that mr. mcconnell's own reelection bid is coming in 2014. the borrower review of the nothing to shift the anger of some self assessment of the speaker does nothing to pass it does go to the floor. the bill is not moving along, says bob corker from tennessee. here is what the republican from idaho had to say about the fiscal cliff negotiation. [video clip] >> if we get down to the end of the year and the only choice we have is to save taxes going up on the middle-class, i would support that. but i wish we had a comprehensive bill that dealt with spending, entitlement, and taxes altogether. that is really what we ought to do. host: that was senato
, guys. >>> coming up next on the news at 6:00, the fiscal cliff debati continues ffwith no deal in sigt for tonight.fo should americans be concerned? the latest details from capitol hill, plus a fox 5 political analyst weighs in on the topic,. >> and we are about 6 hours away from 2013, we're taking you live to a crowded sometimes square.ar >> he may be the redskins numbei one supporter. we introduce you to the super fan with the redskins fan
on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. >>> fiscal cliff hanger, a white house meeting as we head into the last weekend before the deadline. >>> wanted in new york. take a look. police say the woman seen running away on the right had just pushed a man to his death in front of a moving subway train. >>> baseball cap controversy. the braves now retro logo raising a few eyebrows this morning. welcome back to "early start." so glad you are with us on a friday morning. >> it is friday, isn't it? i'm drew griffin. john and zoraida are off. lawmaker has a long time to avoid the fiscal cliff. now only four days left and no deal in sight. that could change today, when president obama holds a meeting with all four congressional leader at the white house. we're not saying you should bet on it. let's bring in ron brownstein for "the national journal." >> good morning. >> good morning. we're talking about this whole idea of a fiscal cliff was absolutely not supposed to happen. >> this was a machine that the two sides built to give guy them more will power to do what they didn't want to do
fiscal cliff. have you heard of that one? if congress does not pass a new farm bill by january 1st, milk prices could nearly double some say to as much as about $7 a gallon. they have until the first to get that done or milk prices go up and with the fiscal cliff, massive tax increases and spending cuts. that's the latest here at the white house, back to you. >> thank you, sherri. >>> we've been getting responses to the cliff talks on our facebook page. that's where we asked you, what do you think about congress and the white house not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think it's possible that a compromise will be reached before the deadline? tammy simpson writes -- peggy fleming says -- >> a lot of people fired up obviously over this. >>> traffic is back to normal on the springfield interchange, even while virginia state police continue to investigate a deadly accident there. this happened around 7:00 last night when a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic, was rear- ended by a pickup truck. three people inside the pickup truck died at the scene. the driver of the tractor- traile
parents expressing appreciation for the useful information. >> new information on the fiscal cliff talks in washington. united states senate convened about an hour ago. this is a live picture of oregon democratic senator ron wyden on the floor discussing the deadline. we have learned that the president called the democratic majority lead, minority leader and house speaker and senate minority leader. now coming up at 8:15 the fiscal cliff negotiations and the effort to prevent one of the largest tax increases and budget cuts in united states history. >> we are still watching the accident in napa. >> we have a lot of traffic around fifth street near downtown. the westbound lane blocked due to a two car crash. a woman was trapped inside of her car. we will take a look at the bay bridge. you can see traffic flowing nicely. 880 near the oakland coliseum we have traffic gluing well in both directions. no delays to report. in the south bay 280 at 880 split those headlines northbound traffic toward santa claire a. >> hi. we are -- taking a live look outside. showing you cloud coast mostly clo
are growing with the fiscal cliff just six days away. a new poll finds 50% of americans think president obama and congress will reach a deal in time but that number has dropped in the past week. president obama plans to cut short his family vacation in hawaii leaving for washington late tonight. yesterday, he spoke to troops at a marine corps base in hawaii. >> on behalf of michelle and myself and our whole family we do this every year. this is where i was born so we come back for the holidays but one of our favorite things is always coming to the base on christmas day and having a chance just to meet you, those of you who have families here and to say thank you for the extraordinary work and service that you guys do each and every day. >> chip reid is in washington with more on the budget talks. chip, good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. as you mentioned, the president plans to cut short his vacation in hawaii and fly back to the white house later tonight, arriving about noon thursday. here in washington there has been no communication between republicans an
a bill banning adoption to the u.s. >>> you'll know about the fiscal cliff. but have you heard about the mill i can cliff. why prices could soar to $8 a gallon. we take a look at how we covered the events and people who made headlines in 2012 all when we get started on "today." for now, back to you in washington, aaron. >>> savannah. thank you. we'll see you in a bit. >>> delays happen on the metro. a woman went into labor on the red line. she didn't actually give birth at the gallery place stop. metro stopped the train to wait for an ambulance. medics got her to the hospital in time to deliver her baby. >>> happy birthday to the new baby. >> yes. and no crazy story to tell years from now. >> thankful. all right. >> it is 6:38 right now. we may have lost dick clark this year, but his legacy will be living on in times square this new year's eve. >> the tributes to the former military leader affectionately known as stormin' norman. >>> the preparations under way in maryland and virginia this morning as highway crews brace for winter weather. >> we're enjoying a cool but dry start to th
over the medicare fiscal cliff and after that one by one a new generation does every year, then we can do that and we can have the kind of budget agreement that will get this economy moving again. i am here primarily to salute senator court clerk for doing what i think the president should be doing, and i do not think it can be accomplished by the united states government unless he takes a lead. he does not have to lead with but it has to be something like it. , because i would never disagree with my colleague, i agree it takes presidential leadership. thank you all very much. appreciate it. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> you have seen the phone numbers that we have had up that. if you're listening on c-span radio, the phone numbers for republicans -- remember to turn down your tv. bronx.tart out with the what do you think about the fiscal cliff? caller: i am happy to show those guys who are supposed to be our leaders so everybody can see. all these guys are working for their rich donors who basically
not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think it is possible that i compromise will be reached before the deadline. share your comments on our facebook page. just search for fox 5 morning news. no space between fox and the number 5. we may share your comments on air. >> i'm sure you all have a lot to say. we would love to hear t. >>> a big story we are following. norman schwarzkopf has died. the retired general died from come indications of pneumonia. he was given the nickname stormin' norman and best known for leading international forces in iraq against shad's invasion of kuwait in 1991678 the 78-year-old managed to live a quiet retired life in tampa and kept pretty quiet on the u.s.'s decision to go to war with iraq again. >>> also this morning, former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a texas hospital this morning. his chief of staff says his family is confident the 41st president will leave the hospital but expects to be there for a while. he is battling bronchitis, a lingering fever among other complications. the 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital la
's the bigger news, right? not the fiscal cliff but the fact that tim geithner announced that the debt ceiling will be hit on december 31st, that he has extraordinary measures to take to delay it a little bit, but we're now in a serious situation. the fiscal cliff was a semi-serious situation. this is a very serious situation. >> what you've got, these two things coming together, the cliff and the debt ceiling, you'll have market reactions that reinforces the sense of unpredictability. if you're an investor, if you're running a business, what you want to know is what the playing field is. you want to know what the rules are. nobody knows anything. it means basically things begin to come to a halt. internationally, it raises all sorts of questions about our competence, our seriousness, our reputation. and these are people who are investing here, who are providing us also with the means to float the deficit. these are the people providing a lot of our financing. well, at some point if this goes on long enough, they begin to think, hold it. >> who's writing a lot of our financing? >> mainly forei
is now for that last ditch effort to avert the fiscal cliff. if they're sticking to the schedule, the president is sitting down right now at the white house. inside that building you see right there. he's sitting down with the top four leaders of congress. they're trying to find a way to prevent the january tax increase that's about to wallop taxpayers. a short time ago, we got a glimpse of how speaker john boehner. he was on his way to the white house. and just moments ago, we saw the top senate democrat, harry reid, pull up to the west entrance, and into the white house through a side door. jessica yellin standing by for us at the white house on the lawn, set the scene for us if you will. it is very dramatic. >> reporter: it is game time here at the white house. if they're going to reach a deal, this is the meeting where they'll do it. i understand both leader reid and leader mcconnell from the senate have arrived. we have not seen speaker boehner or nancy pelosi, leader pelosi walk into the white house yet. before i plugged in at least she hadn't, they hadn't arrived. but it i
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